Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Thursday 1st June 2017 - Issue 139 (2017/20)
Dear All, 

We are now in the month of June – time flies! But this is a beautiful month dedicated to the Heart of Christ. Here is a short prayer I have come across. 


During this month, please pray for all our clergy and people. Pray for all the active clergy gathering at Windsor for the Convocation. Please remember too all the young of our diocese who are being confirmed at this time, as well as Ansel and Rob, soon to be ordained priests, and James, soon to be ordained a deacon.


May the Love of the Heart of Christ fill you with joy. 




Convocation of Clergy - jut two weeks to go!

I want to ask you to pray for a special intention. 


Please pray for the success of the ‘Convocation of Clergy’ for our priests and deacons in active ministry. It is almost 20 years since Bishop Crispian held a similar Convocation of Clergy in Bournemouth and over 12 years since the Go Out and Bear Fruit conference with laity and clergy. In the time since, things have moved on and our situation has developed further, which is why it seemed a good idea to have another gathering. Dr. Caroline Farey from the School of the Annunciation will be the facilitator. I have asked Fr. Mallon to discuss Divine Renovation and to help us think about what the shift from maintenance to mission means. For instance, how might we better prepare people for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion)? And what models of leadership are appropriate to the Church today with the new focus on mission and evangelisation? 


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Easter Reflections 

In the latest of our series of Easter reflections from Jennifer Geach our focus this week is on last Sunday's Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.


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Significant Wedding Anniversaries 2017

Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or Anniversary over 60 years?
If so, I would like to invite you to a Mass of Celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 24th June at 11 am. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. 
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Sharing the Joy of the Gospel – Day of Prayer for the New Evangelisation

Saturday 3rd June, 10am-3pm

St. Edward’s Church, 191-193 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2DU.


The diocese will be hosting a day of prayer for the New Evangelisation, beginning with Mass at 10am. Throughout the day, there will be the opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. There will also be a prayer workshop either side of lunch (please bring your own), centred on the theme of “using the gifts of the Holy Spirit”. You are welcome to come for all or just some of the day. Even if you cannot join us, please take time that day to pray for the New Evangelisation in our diocese – it is essential that all our efforts are founded on a firm bedrock of prayer.




Called and Gifted

The Called and Gifted website has recently been updated with details of the twenty-four charisms relating to the programme and is being constantly updated with witness testimonies from people across the diocese who have been identified with particular charisms.

In our first look at these charisms we focus on Encouragement.


Encouragement: Nurtures or fosters others through presence and words of comfort, encouragement and counsel.


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Manchester bombing victims remembered

On Tuesday 30th May, scores of the faithful congregated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Waterlooville, in solidarity with the people of Manchester, for a Memorial Mass for the victims of the Manchester bombing.


It was a deeply meaningful and personal occasion when we remembered each of the victims of the bombing by name. As an act of Remembrance, as each victim's name was read out, a candle was lit. We joined together in saying the De Profundis for the departed and afterwards the whole congregation lit individual candles and placed them in front of the altar, in silent prayer.  You can read more here.





Ascension Sunday Walk of Witness  

On Ascension Sunday last a small group of six people set out from St. Joseph’s Church in Christchurch to walk to Hengistbury Head which is the highest point in the area.


The parish called it the “Christchurch Camino” but fundamentally they wanted to witness to the continued presence of Jesus with us “until the end of time”.


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Oratorians arrive in Bournemouth

The Oratorians have arrived in Bournemouth!  


Their arrival was delayed by the sad illness and death of Father David Hutton, back in March, but now the time has come to commence this great adventure to establish the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the heart of this city.


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Morning Prayer by the seaside

As part of the global wave of prayer and to be a visible presence in the world to passers-by of Christ’s church; a group of parishioners from Our Lady Queen of Peace gathered together at Southbourne beach to say Morning Prayer on the Feast day of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to pray for God's spirit to open the ears, eyes and hearts of people everywhere.


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New oil painting of St Jude presented to Sacred Heart Bournemouth

Last Sunday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Harriet Muller, a local artist and parishioner of Sacred Heart church in Bournemouth, presented an oil painting of St Jude for blessing and gift to the parish.


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March for Life

Sharon Westby writes on her experience of attending the March for Life for the first time.  


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The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham needs your help...

The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham needs your help in order to have their first convent. Until now they have survived thanks to the kindness of diocesan and shrine bodies who have provided them with temporary accommodation; yet they they do not have the space they need to welcome new vocations so that the Community can really grow and flourish in its work for the Church and God's Kingdom.


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Intercessory Prayer Team

Through the Called & Gifted process, a number of people in our Diocese have been able to discern that they have the charism of Intercessory Prayer. Some have expressed the wish to gather together in small groups from time to time, or be connected with each other, and so a Diocesan Intercessory prayer network has been established.


The intercessions could include prayers for our Diocese and all the people in it (from the laity to our Bishop, Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious) as well as all the various needs of the world.


To make an anonymous request click here


Inter-religious calendar: Ramadan

Ramadan has started – the holy month for Muslims that is marked by fasting, alms-giving, increased prayer, and study of the Qur’an. I am sure that your Muslim family or friends would appreciate your good wishes  – wishing them a “Happy Ramadan” is fine – it is a really special months for most Muslims, which involves a lot of socialising, and time spent with family and friends (the “iftar”, fast-breaking, can be a big occasion, and more than usually the sharing of food is encouraged), as well as a “spiritual re-charge” – and “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem” are more traditional greetings.




Bishop Barron on the Holy Spirit


This Sunday we celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost - the coming of the Holy Spirit, the birth of the Church and the end of Eastertide.



Forthcoming Events   

Thursday 15th June
Life Pregnancy Counselling Recruitment





Thursday 15th June

Extraordinary Form High Mass for Corpus Christi
Holy Family Southampton
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Saturday 17th June
Discipleship in a changing Church

St Peter's Winchester, 11.00


Friday 24th June
Life Pregnancy Counselling Recruitment






Sunday 25th June

Ordination of Priests

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth, 14.00

Saturday 1st July

Ordination to the Diaconate

St John's Cathedral Portsmouth, 11.00




Sunday 2nd July

St Edmund Campion Pilgrimage Mass

Lyford Grange, near Wantage

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14th-16th July

Neighbour or Stranger:

A Christian Response to Forced Displacement in the World

University of Winchester

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21st-23rd July

National Justice & Peace Conference:

A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor

the challenge of Pope Francis

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire

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23rd - 29th July

Don Bosco Summer Camp

St Cassian's Kintbury 

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3rd-6th August

St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

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Friday 18th - Friday 25th August

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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Monday 21st - Friday 25th August

Fanning the Flame - Hampshire Camp

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Bishop Philip's Engagements 

Friday 2nd June 

Inter-religious meeting, Southampton

Various meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth


Saturday 3rd June

Confirmation Mass, 11.00

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Sunday 4th June

Confirmation Mass, 15.00

St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth


Monday 5th June

Various meetings, Bishop’s House, Portsmouth



Employment opportunities in the Diocese

The following vacancies currently exist in the Diocese: 

Parish Administrator /Secretary 
St Joseph's and the Immaculate Conception, Christchurch

Administrative Secretary
English Martyrs, Didcot and St John the Evangelist, Wallingford

Administrative Assistant - The Catholic Academies & Schools Office in Portsmouth 
                                                                        (Maternity Cover 9 month Fixed Term contract)

                                                                          Cleaner to work for the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton

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Please pray for...

The repose of the souls of all who have died recently, especially those killed through acts of warfare, violence and terrorism. Requiescant in pace. 

For all the sick clergy and for all in our Diocese who are sick and in need of our prayers.

All preparing for Confirmation and First Holy Communion.


Peace in the world and for those who govern the nations that they may do so wisely and justly.

All those suffering in the world through hunger, disease, persecution and natural disaster.

For Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life and for all currently discerning their vocation. Also for those preparing for ordination to the priesthood and diaconate this year, especially Deacon Ansel D'Mello and Deacon Robert Stewart to be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood and James Snyder to be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon.

Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda.

The work of all Evangelisation Strategy Teams across our Diocese and for those entering the "Called and Gifted" process.

The success of the Convocation of Clergy to be held 13th - 15th June.

All the faithful of the Diocese that they may share their time and talents for the the good of the Church and discern how God is calling them in a particular way to be more intentional disciples. 




Bishop Philip Egan

With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers, 


In Corde Iesu


 Bishop of Portsmouth

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